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Lambeth gets ready to welcome Olympic torch relay!

Lambeth residents are getting ready to welcome the Olympic Flame to the borough on Thursday 26th July, day 69 of the 70 day Olympic torch relay.

The flame will enter Lambeth from Southwark at Coldharbour Lane at approximately 12.09pm. The relay will then continue along Coldharbour Lane, passing Windrush Square at roughly 12:30pm to travel down Acre Lane, Clapham High Street, and eventually exit Lambeth into Wandsworth at 1pm via Long Road.

It will pass down:

  • Coldharbour Lane
  • Acre Lane (passing Windrush Square)
  • Clapham Park Road
  • Clapham High Street
  • Long Road
  • Cedars Road
  • Queenstown Road.

Residents will be able to view the flame along this route as it passes through the borough and there will be stewards on hand along the route to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day.

There will be great and potentially less busy viewing points along Acre Lane, Clapham Park Road and Clapham Common.

A host of local performers are getting ready for a special celebration on Windrush Square in Brixton to welcome the Flame in style.

The council has organised a special a range of entertainment and activities for people to enjoy, including a carnival parade, a steel drum band, face painting, a torch printing workshop, food and drink market stalls, and a cordoned off children’s athletics area where young people can get a taste of Olympic sports including the long jump and triple jump. The fun will start from around 11am.

Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Culture, said:

“This will be a fantastic chance for residents, local businesses and community groups in Lambeth to be part of history by witnessing the torch relay as it passes through our borough.

“We’ll be making extra sure that they streets are clean and tidy and looking their best for the occasion and we hope as many residents as possible are able to see the torch as it passes through Lambeth.

“It’s going to be a truly momentous day, in what will be a fantastic summer for London.”

16 inspirational torchbearers will have the honour of carrying the torch through Lambeth. You can find out about them by visiting

www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/community=the-london-borough-of-lambeth/index.html

Council street cleaning staff will be out in force to make sure the borough is clean and tidy and looking its best for the occasion.

To ensure the safe passage of the torch relay and its convoy, a number of parking bays will be suspended, including bays on:

  • Coldharbour Lane
  • Saltoun Road
  • Rushcroft Road.

Advance warning signs will be erected on the specific parking bays seven days prior to the event - so keep an eye out to ensure you do not receive a fine.

Travel advice from Transport for London:

Given the huge and enthusiastic crowds that have followed the Olympic Torch Relay on its journey around the UK, as well as those seen in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Transport for London (TfL) have advised that the week when the Olympic Torch Relay is in London is expected to be exceptionally busy. Large crowds are expected to line the route to celebrate its arrival in the capital and, alongside a number of road closures as the Olympic Flame visits all 33 London Boroughs from 21 to 27 July, this will clearly have an impact on traffic and transport networks in local areas.

As a result, at certain times and in certain places, London’s roads and public transport networks are expected to be much busier than usual.  London 2012 and TfL advised Londoners that, if possible, it would be best to try and view the Flame when it passes through the area most local to your home or place of work.  Check out the Olympic Torch Relay route at www.london2012.com/torch-relay

On 26 July in particular, roads in central London will be exceptionally busy and there will be a large number of road closures necessary along the route.  TfL has already issued advice to motorists that, from mid-July, they should avoid driving in central London, around the Olympic Route Network and Games venues.

If you are travelling in London, check out the route of the Olympic Torch Relay and plan ahead.  If you are planning to travel in or to an area which the Torch is passing through, leave plenty of time for your journey and take public transport where possible.  Plan your travel using www.GetAheadoftheGames.com which has all the tools and information you need to plan your journey and ensure you can celebrate the Olympic Torch as it travels throughout London.

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